The number of annual deaths caused by guns in America w... The number of annual deaths caused by guns in America will soon exceed the number of traffic fatalities, according to a new study. (Photo courtesy Bloomberg).

In three years, the number of deaths caused by guns in America is expected to exceed the number of traffic fatalities for the first time in modern U.S. history.

The number of shooting deaths is expected to rise to 32,929 in 2015, according to a 10-year average based on Centers for Disease Control Data. By contrast, the number of traffic deaths is expected to continue its fall and decline to 32,036 thanks to advances in safety technology.

By contrast, "we've made policy decisions that have had the impact of making the widest array of firearms available to the widest array of people under the widest array of conditions," Garen Wintemute, a professor at the University of California-Davis, tells Bloomberg, which compiled the data.

The number of annual traffic fatalities in America peaked in 1979, with more than 53,524 Americans killed on the road. The 10-year average has fallen since.

Gun deaths peaked at 37,666 in 1993, declined to 28,393 in 2000, and have gradually increased over the past decade, according to the Bloomberg data.

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      Including suicides I bet. People don't need guns to kill themselves. Another agenda driven article with cherry picked statistics. What else would you expect from Bloomturd & the HuffnPuffPost.
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      BTW - Just like Tom Sawyer, John Lennon had a dream. And it shot him. I wouldn't worry about the "Rambo Wannabees" either, as I'm certain that 98 or 99% of these projected gun homicides will be confined to urban crapholes & "people of color" that populate the gehttoes of the liberal paradise. It's a little comforting to know that when the balloon goes up in earnest the first and most victims will be the bulk of the left. I've no personal survival plans other than eating PETA people if food becomes scarce; but with any luck at all, I'll be long dead before that happens. I'm for granting every liberal wish. Why prolong the agony? The faster you send us all to hell, the better!
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      Outlawing guns will the best news the thugs and crooks could ever hear. Because they always know where to buy them on the black market. With all the nuts in the world today and with what happened at the school in Connecticut, how much does a security guard or off duty cop cost ? If they had a security guard or off duty cop at the school someone might have gotten killed but probably not any children. There will be alot more security at schools now across the country. Kinda like when your house gets broken into, you order a alarm system the next day. The government has to be more responsible with who they let buy weapons. So making guns illegal will take them off the streets ? We should make heroine and meth illegal too !
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      and what they are not including in there statistics is that 65 to 75% of the killings with weapons are cop criminal affiliated ,so it makes the general public look we are all killing one another
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      Guess we now need safer bullets. Maybe air bag tips?
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      The Socalist democrats are afraid of a armed population that could retaliate in violents if freedom is threatened.
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      I am so tired of the argument that guns don't kill, humans kill! The sole purpose of a fire arm is to kill; there are no other reasons. Trying to argue that cars kill is not a credible counter are not meant to kill people, firearms are!
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      The only word that can cover this report is BULLSHIT !
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      TOTAL BS !!!
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      What I don't understand is with as large as the Legal system (Policemen, Judges, Lawyers, jails) is, why is it that there are so many acts with unregistered guns (stolen, illegal, ciminals). Maybe the concenquances(sp) are too easy? Guns don't kill, the shooter kills. Criminals and mental folks should not be allowed to handle or even see a guns. Society put the legal system in place to handle law breakers, let's hold them accountable for not doing there job!!!!!!!!!! What about parents that encourage their mentally ill children to hande guns!!!!!!!! Should they be accountable for their action or lack of?????????
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      Fact is, every dictatorship in history started with disarming the people. Don't think our Government isn't moving in that direction. Did you know that the feds passed a law in 1995 retroactive back to the beginning of our society that says if you have a domestic violence conviction you cannot own any kind of firearm. Police officers across this country convicted of domestic violence were made to give their weapon up and take a desk job or quit. According to the Federal Law on domestic violence all you have to do to commit domestic violence is argue with or raise your voice to anyone in your household and they say they feared you. Now your lawyer gets the charge reduced to spitting on the sidewalk, guess what, the feds don't care what it was reduced to, it started as domestic violence and if you plead to any charge reduced or not that stemmed from that original domestic violence it will never go away. Same goes for mentally ill, if you doctor puts you on a sedative you can be deemed to have a mental deficiency. Good bye to your gun rights!
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